How Resident Evil 4 Changed Horror Gaming

Resident Evil 4's contributions to horror gaming were both innovative and harmful for the genre.

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chrisx478d ago

While not traditional horror resident evil 4 is an awesome game and stands well even today

naruga477d ago (Edited 477d ago )

this ^^ ...very good game but not a Resi ....the title could ve been "changed horror gaming to the worst" (if anyone considers into what the series has evolved.....RE5-6....and finally the tragic RE7

-Foxtrot478d ago

I still think it had a decent balance of both horror and action

I mean going through the Castle for the first time, low on ammo and all you could hear was that chanting put you on the edge of your seat. I used to try and look for them but suddenly, out of nowhere they'd stab me in the back

FallenAngel1984478d ago

I shake my head at the people who say "It's not even a true Resident Evil title."

Do these same people also say that titles such as Fallout 3, Hitman: Absolution, Grand Theft Auto 3, Metroid Prime, Bioshock Infinite, Metal Gear Solid 4, & Tomb Raider '13 aren't true mainline installments in their respective franchises because they dramatically changed a lot of the conventions from previous installments?

And don't even me started on the ridiculous arguments on what constitutes a "true mainline Final Fantasy title."

SolidGear3477d ago

I think you meant Metal Gear Solid 5.. Metal Gear Solid 4 was a true MGS game unlike 5.

Imalwaysright477d ago (Edited 477d ago )

To me MGS5 was more a MGS game than MGS4. MGS4 had amazing stealth gameplay but there was so little of it (and gameplay in general) that I was left extremely disappointed. MGS5 fixed that.

cpayne93477d ago

Mgs4 took away most of the stralth and forced you to play the game like a third person shooter a lot of the time.

Kyosuke_Sanada477d ago

To be fair, Resident Evil 4 threw away important aspects that made survival horror such as ammo drops for killing enemies and overpowered melee attacks (the same could be said for new Tomb Raider throwing away it's aspect of survival by regenerating health and the ability to make silencers out of animal bones). Metal Gear Solid 4, while adding a new perspective, added many new elements that complimented it's original gameplay which kept it being a stealth game foremost.

Evolution can occur in gaming but not by throwing away key concepts that made it attractive in the first place.

zaherdab477d ago

Please don't shake ur head :(

PhoenixUp478d ago

I wouldn't say that RE4 did irreparable damage to the overall franchise.

Resident Evil: Revelations 1 & 2 were great titles that blended the great modern controls from RE4-RE6 and the gameplay philosophies of RE1-RE3 into a great package.

SolidGear3477d ago

Revelations 2 was amazing. It's the best Resident Evil I'd played at the time since 3.

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Tankbusta40477d ago

Resident Evil 4 ruined horror games by making them about action. It took over a decade for horror games to make a comeback

Irishguy95477d ago

Its not RE4's fault. Its the devs and companies that tried to copy it. It is there fault they failed at making either a action horror, or just a horror. Really. RE4 was nothing but a success. It's like blaming marijuana for heroine addicts. "Oh but the slippery slope". Nah **** off mate.

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